Now that we’ve written the code to obtain an access token, we can use it to restrict access to content unless a user is authenticated with a valid access token. Inside model.js, we implement the getAccessToken() function to retrieve existing tokens that were previously saved when the saveToken() function is invoked.

The getAccessToken() function is required when the .authenticate() method is used on an OAuth2Server instance. getAccessToken() is declared with one parameter—accessToken.

When the function is invoked the accessToken is checked against the tokens stored inside the db.js to see if there is a match. We can use JavaScript’s .filter() method to each token in the database against the access token that is passed. If there is a match, the access token can be returned. The resulting getAccessToken() will look something like this:

const getAccessToken = (accessToken) => { let tokens = db.tokens.filter((savedToken)=>{ return savedToken.accessToken === accessToken; }) return tokens[0]; }

In the above example code, the getAccessToken() function expression is called with an access token as an argument. The .filter() method is used to check each token saved in the tokens array in the database to match the access token passed to the function. Finally, we return the matching access token from the array.

We export the function from model.js so that it can be used from other files. We can do this using module.exports object.

module.exports = { // Exported functions getAccessToken: getAccessToken }



Inside model.js, declare a getAccessToken() function with a parameter, accessToken using ES6 Arrow function expressions.


Inside the getAccessToken() function declare a variable named tokens and set it to equal to access tokens inside db.tokens that match the accessToken that is passed to .getAccessToken() using the .filter() method.


Return the first element in tokens.


We’ll have to export the function from model.js using the module.exports object. Export getAccessToken() as getAccessToken.

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